With the announcement that the PLL and MLL will merge, it brings an end to the oldest professional field lacrosse league in North America.
While many will be celebrating the unification of the pro field leagues, putting all eyes on one central location for the best field lacrosse in the world, there will also be plenty lamenting the loss of the league they’ve watched and followed for almost 20 years.
Founded in 2001, Major League Lacrosse has seen a total of 16 different teams, from Boston to Boca Raton to San Francisco to Hamilton, Ontario, and more. It closes with six teams – Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Connecticut Hammerheads, Denver Outlaws, New York Lizards, and Philadelphia Barrage – with only the Cannons getting a PLL iteration, at least as of now.
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Players, fans and figures of the league have posted their goodbyes to MLL on social media.
Some of my favorite memories during my career happened during my years in @majorleaguelax. Will always be thankful for the opportunities NJ, LA, Denver and Ohio gave me. Special shout out to the Sheen faithful, man we had a good thing going there! What a day for the sport!
Major League Lacrosse- It’s been quite the ride! From watching Bridgeport Barrage games as a kid to playing for 6 different teams all over the country. THANK YOU
Thankful for the great memories in all the unbelievable cities ❤️
Year 6 on deck in a new league. LFG 👀💪🏻⚙️
#RochesterRattlers #OhioMachine #FloridaLaunch #BostonCannons #DallasRattlers #DenverOutlaws
Loyalty is everything to me, in life and sports. I love Boston sports. Always have. Always will. I grew up here watching the Boston Cannons play as a kid. I wanted to play for the Cannons. When Sean Quirk called me up to tell me that I would be playing in Boston, it was honestly a dream come true. And the past 3 seasons have been unreal. I loved playing for Boston, and for something bigger than myself. Being able to give back to the community has been amazing. It all meant a ton to me.
Eventually, with growth, there comes change. I just want to thank the @laxcannons ownership, the entire Cannons front office staff, trainers, doctors and the rest of the Boston Cannons organization. First class organization, that’s for sure! Thank you to @majorleaguelax for giving me this opportunity. I also want to say a big thanks to @sean_quirk and all of the coaches, and last but definitely not least, my teammates for these experiences I will never forget. These are all people who showed me love from day 1 and I would do anything for them. And friendships that will stay with me forever.
I’ll always be a Boston boy. But with that, I am excited for the next chapter to begin. Professional lacrosse is in a great place and I am fired up to continue competing. I am excited to continue this journey in the @pll next season and chase another ring and another trophy!
See y’all soon.
Big news today with the PLL + MLL merger. Honoured to have been the last team to hoist this 🏆. Made a lot of great friendships and had so many great memories in the MLL over the past 6 years. Thanks to @majorleaguelax and @laxcannons for everything they have done for me, they truly are first class. With that being said, I am very excited to continue my career and join the Premier Lacrosse League. They have done a tremendous job growing the sport at the professional level over the past two years. Looking forward to 2021, let’s get it 👀💪👊! @pll